Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood

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Middle-earth is looking mighty fine! 

Liv Tyler, Martin Freeman and Elijah Wood were all stunning at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's NYC premiere Thursday night. And while the cast is undoubtedly talented, director Peter Jackson is predicting some snubs this Oscar season.

Liv Tyler

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"I wish it was a year where we could celebrateIan McKellen as supporting actor, or Martin FreemanorAndy Serkis, for that matteras a supporting actor," Jackson told Entertainment Weekly. "The acting awards seem to elude us, at least for these types of films. I don't know why."

 

That might end up being the case, but Martin, who plays Bilbo Baggins, already feels like a winner. "I'm geek royalty now," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "That's the main responsibility. It's not playing Bilbo, it's my responsibility as a geek prince."

You can judge for yourself whether The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey deserves some Academy Awards love—and whether Martin is indeed the new nerd prince—when the film hits theaters Dec. 14.

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